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Old smooth worn dark silky patina
100 - 500AD
Size: 9cm high - 3½ ins high
Ex Private Russian collection
There were no rigid boundaries between different Eskimo societies and their art was one of the most effective ways of maintaining cohesion in their ancient culture, and a useful tool for sustaining unity of spiritual tradition among small groups of primitive hunters scattered along the endless Arctic coast. Although of crude form, this figure has a certain dynamism. There is a suggestion of movement in the flowing curves of the arms around the pregnant belly, giving her the look of a prehistoric Venus.